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Coronavirus in Texas

One wanted normalcy and one went remote: How two West Texas universities operated in COVID-19 hot spots this fall

Texas Tech and UT-El Paso ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum in how they approached the fall semester, facing the unprecedented educational and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both universities are planning more of the same in the spring.

The University of Texas at El Paso on Dec. 2, 2020.
The University of Texas at El Paso on Dec. 2, 2020.
A Statue of Will Rogers “Riding into the Sunset” was erected in 1948 near Memorial Circle on the Texas Tech University campus on July 8, 2020.
Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec on the Texas Tech campus on Dec. 4, 2020, in Lubbock.

Texas Tech stays open

Savage Tavern has converted to a restaurant in order to stay open during Gov. Greg Abbott's COVID-19 related shut down orders.
Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec talks to Keith Kiser before Texas Tech's home coming game against West Virginia at Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock. Oct. 24, 2020.
People walk on campus at the University of Texas at El Paso on Dec. 2, 2020.

UT-El Paso stays remote

University of Texas at El Paso students Damian Blancarte, 22, left, and Enrique Martinez, 23, sit next to each other in the campus quad in El Paso on Dec. 2, 2020.
People walk on campus at the University of Texas at El Paso on Dec. 2, 2020.

Spring stays the same

Fans in Jones AT&T Stadium watch Texas Tech's home coming game against West Virginia on Saturday in Lubbock. Texas Tech Athletics has reduced attendance to 25% of the general seating capacity of Jones AT&T Stadium. Oct. 24, 2020.

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